Hall of Fame induction a Braves reunion

Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:30pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony had the feel of an Atlanta Braves reunion as pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted on Sunday along with former manager Bobby Cox.

Maddux and Glavine, mainstays on the Braves team that won the 1995 World Series while Cox was at the helm, went into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York with former slugger Frank Thomas and managers Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.

Maddux started his major league career with the Chicago Cubs, but moved to the Braves in 1993 because, as he said half-jokingly, he wanted to win a World Series.

"Those of us who play this great game and make a living at it are extremely lucky," said the four-time Cy Young Award winner.

“My goal as a baseball player was very simple. All I wanted to do was try and get better for my next start. And to think it all ended up here is pretty cool."

He thanked many who helped him along the way, including his high school pitching coach who taught him the basics: "Movement, location, the ability to change speeds and velocity, in that order.

"He (the coach) said you throw hard enough, but as you face better hitters you're going need more than just velocity to get hitters out."

Maddux won 355 games, the eighth-highest figure in major league history and the most of any pitcher since 1965. He won 194 of those games over 11 years with the Braves.

Fellow Cy Young winner and ex teammate Glavine recalled that some minor childhood mischief had shown he had a good arm.   Continued...

Jul 27, 2014; Cooperstown, NY, USA; (From Left to Right) Hall of Fame Inductees Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa and Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux and Joe Torre pose with their Hall of Fame plaques during the class of 2014 national baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports